Offering weekly zazen meditation at Hakone Gardens in Saratoga, CA
Barriers to Zazen
Coming to a stream
Unable to cross,
follow its downstream direction
Able to forge,
enjoy its coolness and life pulse
Following bank or current
listen to the breeze
of the heart
生老病死 (sho-ro byo-shi)
It was great to see Rev Ito attending zazen sitting this morning.
He talked about 生老病死 (sho-ro byo-shi). He has talked about this word several time in the past.
生 (sho) means born
老 （ro) means aging
病 (byo) means sickness
死 （shi) means death
This word explain human life very simply.
Kugyo san talked about kinhin walking meditation. After listening to our teisho, you can watch brief video on kinhin. Also you can read more about kinhin here.
During today’s teisho, Kugyo san cited tanka by Kozan Ichikyo
“Empty-handed I entered the world
Barefoot I leave it.
My coming, my going —
Two simple happenings
That got entangled.”
照顧脚下 watch your step
Kugyo san talked about forms of zazen at our zendo.
生老病死 （shou rou byo shi)
Today, Rev Ito returned to our zendo first time after his surgery. Rev Ito talked about his surgery and shou rou byo shi.
生老病死（shou rou byo shi) originates from the Buddhist notion of the Four Sufferings:
These are four sufferings people can’t avoid.
Kugyo san cited her poem for his return:
Our sensei is ill
The Sun on tatami mats came and went…and came back again
and so too his health and our joy having him back
welcome back sensei, welcome back roshi
Chuck and Stephanie who got married 10 years by Rev Ito also attended today’s session.
Truth of path leading to cessation of suffering（道諦）
Kugyo san talked about Truth of path leading to cessation of suffering（道諦） of Four Noble Truths (四諦). She also talked about Noble Eighthold Path. You can read more on Wikipedia.
Heron was at gardens this morning.
Kugyo san talked about Truth of Cessation of Suffering from Four Noble Truths.
She cited Hiku by Sasabune.
梅雨明けて 初めて咲いた 池の蓮
tsuyu akete hajimete saita ikeno hasu
Rainy season ends—
water lilies in the pond suddenly open.
Kugyo san talked about Truth of Origin of Suffering from Four Noble Truths.
She cited poem by Mary Oliver ” I have Decided”
I have decided to find myself a home
in the mountains, somewhere high up
where one learns to live peacefully in
the cold and the silence. It’s said that
in such a place certain revelations may
be discovered. That what the spirit
reaches for may be eventually felt, if not
exactly understood. Slowly, no doubt. I’m
not talking about a vacation.
Of course at the same time I mean to
stay exactly where I am.
Are you following me?
poem written by Mary Oliver
Four Noble Truths (四諦）
Kugyo san talked about Four Noble Truths which are regarded as doctrine of the Buddhist tradition.
read more about at wikipedia
Couple reminder about our zazen meditation at our zendo.
Hakone Zendo will open for zazen sitting meditation on all Sundays in June at 8:00am. (6/1 6/8 6/15 6/22 6/29)
New students are asked to come 7:45am for orientation.
"Zazen, what works for you"
Teisho given by Kugyo san during today’s zazen meditation. She also cited lylics from“QUIET FAITH OF MAN” by Bill Staines
A baby child is born along the highway
A tiny little thing upon the land
An okie with his dreams out on the byway
Lifts the tiny baby in his hand
The woman smiles a little smile of knowing
And whispers something softly in his ear
Perhaps a little prayer to help the growing
Perhaps a word of comfort through the fears.
You trust the moon to move the mighty ocean
You trust the sun to shine upon the land
You take the little that you know
And you do the best you can
You see the rest with the quiet faith of man.
Teisho given by Kugyo.
Here is the poem she cited during today’s teisho from Essential Rumi
by Coleman Barks
Not Christian or Jew or Muslim, not Hindu
Buddhist, sufi, or zen. Not any religion
or cultural system. I am not from the East
or the West, not out of the ocean or up
from the ground, not natural or ethereal, not
composed of elements at all. I do not exist,
am not an entity in this world or in the next,
did not descend from Adam and Eve or any
origin story. My place is placeless, a trace
of the traceless. Neither body or soul.
I belong to the beloved, have seen the two
worlds as one and that one call to and know,
first, last, outer, inner, only that
breath breathing human being.
From Essential Rumi
by Coleman Barks